Why are Ontario parents leaving the public school system?  

May 25, 2010 | by Derek Miedema , Researcher, Institute of Marriage and Family Canada
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  1. Society for Quality Education. (2010). What we believe: The evidence that Ontario students are not learning enough. Retrieved May 14, 2010 from http://www.societyforqualityeducation.org/index.php/about/category/C13/
  2. Education Quality and Accountability Office. (2010). Trends in international mathematics and science study (TIMMS) 2007: Ontario Results Report. p. 12 Retrieved May 14, 2010 at http://www.eqao.com/pdf_e/08/TIMSS_Ontario_Report_2007.pdf
  3. The Education Quality and Accountability Office “provides parents, teachers and the public with accurate and reliable information about student achievement. EQAO also makes recommendations for improvement that educators, parents, policy‐makers and others in the education community can use to improve learning and teaching.” See http://www.eqao.com/AboutEQAO/AboutEQAO.aspx?status=logout&Lang=E
  4. Ibid, p. 13
  5. Van Pelt, D., Allison, P. A. and Allison, D. J. (2007). Ontario private schools: Who chooses them and why? Toronto: The Fraser Institute, p. 23. Retrieved May 19, 2010 from http://www.fraserinstitute.org/commerce.web/product_files/OntariosPrivateSchools.pdf
  6. Ibid.
  7. Ibid.
  8. Neibert, B. (2006). How and why selected CIS schools were founded: 1960 to present. London: A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Education, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Western Ontario. With calculations by author. Mr. Niebert’s numbers are taken from Ontario Ministry of Education statistics. Numbers for 2001 to 2005 are publicly available at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/quickfacts/2005‐06/quickFacts05_06.pdf
  9. Ibid.
  10. Declining Enrolment Working Group. (2009). Planning and possibilities: The report of the declining enrolment group. Toronto: Queen’s Printer for Ontario, p. 4. Retrieved May 19, 2010 from
  11. Ontario Ministry of Education. (2010). Education Funding. Information from 2002‐03 to 2009‐10 is available at http://edu.gov.on.ca/eng/funding/
    This information is updated from the information found in the original paper, due to new information coming to light after the date of publication.
  12. Ontario Ministry of Education. (2008). Quick facts: Ontario schools 2005‐2006. Toronto: Queen’s Printer for Ontario, p. 10. Retrieved May 19, 2010 from http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/quickfacts/2005‐06/quickFacts05_06.pdf
  13. Blouin, P. and Courchesne, M‐J. (2007). Summary public school indicators for the provinces and Territories, 1998‐1999 to 2004‐2005. Ottawa: Statistics Canada Culture, Tourism and the Centre for Education Statistics Division, pg. 15. Retrieved May 19, 2010 from http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/81‐595‐m/81‐595‐m2007050‐eng.pdf
  14. Author’s calculations.
  15. Charter Schools: Alberta’s Best Kept Secret. (2007). A documentary hosted by educator Andrew Nikiforuk showcases three charter schools in Calgary.